TOBA releases 2013 graded stakes list

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The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association today presented its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes for 2013, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 28 in Lexington.
 
The Committee reviewed 673 unrestricted U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and assigned graded status to 457 of them, eight fewer than were graded in 2012, and Listed status to 201 races.  This is the first year the Committee is responsible for assigning Listed status.  A total of five graded races were upgraded, including two new Grade I races and three new Grade II races; one new Grade II race and six new Grade III races were upgraded from Listed status.  Nine races which carried graded status in 2012 are no longer eligible for grading.
 
Two races were upgraded to Grade I status for 2013: the Three Chimneys Hopeful S. at Saratoga and Delaware H. at Delaware Park.

Three races were downgraded from Grade I to Grade II for 2013: the Charles Whittingham Memorial H. at Betfair Hollywood Park, Gazelle S. at Aqueduct and Santa Monica S. at Santa Anita Park.
 
Four races were upgraded to Grade II status for 2013: the Ft. Lauderdale S. at Gulfstream Park, Colonial Turf Cup S. (from Listed) at Colonial Downs, Sorrento S. at Del Mar and Monrovia S. at Santa Anita Park.
 
Seven races were downgraded from Grade II to Grade III in 2013: the Red Smith H. at Aqueduct, W.L. McKnight H. at Calder Race Course, General George H. at Laurel Park, Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship S. at Gulfstream Park, Fantasy S. at Oaklawn Park and Robert J. Frankel S. at Santa Anita Park.  The Kentucky Cup S. at Turfway Park was not eligible for grading in 2013.
 
Six races were upgraded to Grade III status for 2013: the Dania Beach S. at Gulfstream Park, Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park, Arlington Classic S. at Arlington Park, Gallant Bob S. and Parx Dash H. at Parx Racing and Florida Oaks at Tampa Bay Downs.
 
Six races were downgraded from Grade III to Listed status for 2013: the Hollywood Juvenile Championship S. and Railbird S. at Betfair Hollywood Park, Spend A Buck H. at Calder Race Course, Debutante S. at Churchill Downs, Arlington-Washington Lassie S. at Arlington Park and Cicada S. at Aqueduct.  The La Habra S., San Rafael S. and Thunder Road S. at Santa Anita Park, Kentucky Cup S., Kentucky Cup Distaff S., Kentucky Cup Sprint S. and Turfway Park Fall Championship S. at Turfway Park and Kentucky Juvenile S. and Locust Grove H. at Churchill Downs were not eligible for grading in 2013.
 
Fifteen races were downgraded from Listed to non-Listed Black Type status for 2013: the Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park, Mine That Bird Derby at Sunland Park, Zia Park Derby at Zia Park, Sophomore Sprint S., Memorial Day H., Summer Finale S., Decoration Day H. and Firecracker S. at Mountaineer Park, Bachelor S. at Oaklawn Park, Rumson S. at Monmouth Park, San Juan County Commissioners H. at SunRay Park, Brandywine S. at Parx Racing, Prairie Gold Lassie S. at Prairie Meadows and Femme Fatale S. and Red Carpet S. at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.
 
Following is a summary breakdown of all grade levels and a complete list of all upgraded and downgraded U.S. races for the 2013 racing season as well as the complete list of 2013 graded and listed stakes:

2013 Graded Stakes        Number        % Graded       %Eligible        Change from 2012

Grade I                                    111               24.3%                                                 -1
Grade II                                   148               32.4%                                                 -3
Grade III                                 198               43.3%                                                 -4
All Graded                              457                                         67.9%
Listed                                       201                                         29.9%
All Graded and Listed Races:          658 
 
Summary of Decisions Made at November 28, 2012 Grading Session

 
RACES UPGRADED FOR 2013:

 

Two-Year-Old Fillies

Sorrento S.                                                        (Del Mar)                                           Grade III to Grade II
 

Three-Year-Old Fillies

Florida Oaks (T)                                              (Tampa Bay Downs)                        Listed to Grade III
 

Older Fillies and Mares

Delaware H.                                                     (Delaware Park)                               Grade II to Grade I
Monrovia S. (T)                                               (Santa Anita Park)                            Grade III to Grade II
 
Two-Year-Olds
Three Chimneys Hopeful S.                          (Saratoga)                                          Grade II to Grade I
Dania Beach S. (T)                                          (Gulfstream Park)                            Listed to Grade III
 

Three-Year-Olds

Oklahoma Derby                                             (Remington Park)                             Listed to Grade III
Arlington Classic S. (T)                                  (Arlington Park)                               Listed to Grade III
Gallant Bob S.                                                  (Parx Racing)                                    Listed to Grade III
 

Older Horses

Ft. Lauderdale S. (T)                                       (Gulfstream Park)                            Grade III to Grade II
Colonial Turf Cup S. (T)                                (Colonial Downs)                             Listed to Grade II
Parx Dash H. (T)                                              (Parx Racing)                                    Listed to Grade III
 
RACES DOWNGRADED FOR 2013:

 

Two-Year-Old Fillies
Debutante S.                                                     (Churchill Downs)                           Grade III to Listed
Arlington-Washington Lassie S.                   (Arlington Park)                               Grade III to Listed
Brandywine S.                                                 (Parx Racing)                                    Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Prairie Gold Lassie S.                                     (Prairie Meadows)                           Listed to non-Listed Black Type
 

Three-Year-Old Fillies

Gazelle S.                                                         (Aqueduct)                                        Grade I to Grade II
Fantasy S.                                                         (Oaklawn Park)                                Grade II to Grade III
Cicada S.                                                           (Aqueduct)                                        Grade III to Listed
Railbird S.                                                        (Betfair Hollywood Park)               Grade III to Listed
Femme Fatale S.                                              (Penn National)                                Listed to non-Listed Black Type
La Habra S.                                                       (Santa Anita Park)                            not eligible
 
Older Fillies and Mares
Santa Monica S.                                               (Santa Anita Park)                            Grade I to Grade II
Robert J. Frankel S. (T)                                  (Santa Anita Park)                            Grade II to Grade III
Summer Finale S. (T)                                      (Mountaineer Park)                         Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Decoration Day H. (T)                                    (Mountaineer Park)                         Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Firecracker S. (T)                                            (Mountaineer Park)                         Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Red Carpet S. (T)                                             (Penn National)                                Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Kentucky Cup Distaff S.                                (Turfway Park)                                 not eligible
Locust Grove H. (T)                                        (Churchill Downs)                           not eligible
 

Two-Year-Olds

Hollywood Juvenile Championship S.        (Betfair Hollywood Park)               Grade III to Listed
Gold Rush Futurity                                         (Arapahoe Park)                               Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Kentucky Juvenile S.                                      (Churchill Downs)                           not eligible
 

Three-Year-Olds

Mine That Bird Derby                                    (Sunland Park)                                  Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Zia Park Derby                                                (Zia Park)                                          Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Sophomore Sprint S.                                       (Mountaineer Park)                         Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Bachelor S.                                                       (Oaklawn Park)                                Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Rumson S.                                                        (Monmouth Park)                             Listed to non-Listed Black Type
San Rafael S.                                                    (Santa Anita Park)                            not eligible
Kentucky Cup Sprint S.                                  (Turfway Park)                                 not eligible
 

Older Horses

Charles Whittingham Memorial H. (T)        (Betfair Hollywood Park)               Grade I to Grade II
Red Smith H. (T)                                             (Aqueduct)                                        Grade II to Grade III
W.L. McKnight H. (T)                                    (Calder Race Course)                      Grade II to Grade III
General George H.                                          (Laurel Park)                                     Grade II to Grade III
Gulfstream Park Sprint Championship S.    (Gulfstream Park)                            Grade II to Grade III
Commonwealth S.                                           (Keeneland)                                      Grade II to Grade III
Spend A Buck H.                                             (Calder Race Course)                      Grade III to Listed
San Juan County Commissioners H.            (SunRay Park)                                  Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Memorial Day H.                                             (Mountaineer Park)                         Listed to non-Listed Black Type
Kentucky Cup S.                                             (Turfway Park)                                 not eligible
Turfway Park Fall Championship S.            (Turfway Park)                                 not eligible
Thunder Road S. (T)                                       (Santa Anita Park)                            not eligible
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  • Jim

    This is nice!

  • Jim

    This is nice!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GM4MKOH3SRM3GAZLMIKOOOAI74 jttf

    the delaware handicap $750,000 and hopeful stakes were obvious changes.  the delaware oaks should have been upgraded to grade 1, also.    the chucktown classic is now $1.5 million.  how can this not be a grade 1 ?   california and new york only need to put up $250,000 to get grade 1 status.  this is why azeri and zenyatta ran off similar grade 1 winning streaks.   not enough money to get midwest and east coast horses to come to california.   delta downs puts up the biggest purse for 2 year olds and gets snubbed.  reward the small tracks when they put up huge purses. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GM4MKOH3SRM3GAZLMIKOOOAI74 jttf

    the delaware handicap $750,000 and hopeful stakes were obvious changes.  the delaware oaks should have been upgraded to grade 1, also.    the chucktown classic is now $1.5 million.  how can this not be a grade 1 ?   california and new york only need to put up $250,000 to get grade 1 status.  this is why azeri and zenyatta ran off similar grade 1 winning streaks.   not enough money to get midwest and east coast horses to come to california.   delta downs puts up the biggest purse for 2 year olds and gets snubbed.  reward the small tracks when they put up huge purses. 

  • RazorRacingFan

    Fantasy from G2 to G3? A race that has produced 2 champion 3YO fillies and a horse of the year in the past four years? Preposterous!!

  • RazorRacingFan

    Fantasy from G2 to G3? A race that has produced 2 champion 3YO fillies and a horse of the year in the past four years? Preposterous!!

  • Ernie

    Sad to see the Santa Monica and Charlie Whittingham races go to G2. Gazelle was a little understandble.

  • Ernie

    Sad to see the Santa Monica and Charlie Whittingham races go to G2. Gazelle was a little understandble.

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